Latest News and Updates

15 April 2016

We are very pleased to announce the relaunch of the Friday Afternoons website.

This will now provide you with easier access to our songs and resources. It also includes sheet music and performance tracks of ‘Seasons and Charms’, this year’s new set of songs which has been specially commissioned from Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton.

The site also has three new sections:

The Song Bank contains over 40 Friday Afternoons songs. In addition to ‘Seasons and Charms’, there’s music from Nico Muhly, Benjamin Britten and many others. You can filter these by level, composer and project year.

Showcase is the place to upload and share your responses to the Friday Afternoons music. This could be a song that you’ve written or a recording you’ve made of a performance – anything that’s been inspired by our music, it’s up to you.

The Who’s Involved section is where you can add your own activity to our interactive map, and browse through all the Friday Afternoons events that have taken place since the start of the project in 2013.

We are planning to add even more new content to the website in the next few months – including interactive resources from Charanga Music – so keep your eyes peeled!


If you spot any problems or find any glitches do let us know. Please send us an email.

13 April 2016

On Sunday the boys from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain performed the new set of songs for the Friday Afternoons project.

“The Friday Afternoons project continues to go from strength-to-strength and we are really pleased to be able to support it. Each year the team produce fresh and exciting new songs for children and young people to enjoy. But more than that, they also provide the resources teachers need to make that process fun and interactive.”

Hedley Swain, Area Direcor, South East, Arts Council England

The set of songs called 'Seasons and Charms' was created by Jonathan Dove with specially written texts by Alasdair Middleton. The songs include Mad Moon, Fire! and The Little Girl of Rain. The performance was signed by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, conducted by Greg Hallam and accompanied by Ruairi Edwards.

Ann Barkway, Project Manager, Friday Afternoons, said: “Now in its fourth year, Friday Afternoons has become a regular fixture in the choral calendar, and we are delighted this year to have commissioned Jonathan Dove to write a new set of songs. The premiere performance, given by the National Youth Boys' Choir and conducted by Greg Hallam, was a wonderful opportunity to hear the new songs, and to witness the enthusiasm of the boys in performing them. We hope that, through free downloads of the songs and supporting resources available from, teachers and choir leaders around the UK will explore this new repertoire, and find an opportunity to get involved through performing, creating and listening. Everybody is welcome to take part!”

The new songs will be available from our website soon, but in the mean time you are able to download materials for more than forty songs from our website.


13 April 2016

Nick Tapper from ACE South East came to the Friday Afternoons premiere and wrote a piece for the Arts Council England website.

Click here to read it!

7 April 2016

We are featuring Cantate Youth Choir in our Close-Up series.

Name of Project: Stortford Sings for Friday Afternoons

Name of Group: Cantate Youth Choir

Date: 21st March 2016

Venue: Rhodes Arts Complex


Cantate Youth Choir were one of the Friday Afternoons Project Fund groups for 2015-16. As part of their project they invited local primary schools, Manuden and Northgate, to join their Training Choir (and newly formed Trainers Choir) to have a day of singing with a culmination event for their parents to come along to in the evening. The students sang some of Nico Muhly's songs as well as some of Benjamin Britten's original music. Students also played specially written percussion pieces that were inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry. The concert was completely full, and a great success. Well done to everyone involved!